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God’s creation – Fall

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If you’ve come across this page because you’re trying to find the original source of this image, CONGRATULATIONS!  You found me!  I created this image in my front yard the morning of October 28, 2009.  I still live in the same house.  I still have the same tree.  I uploaded a high-res of this image (with watermark) for the few followers I had at the time to use as their desktop background.  Yep, looking back I fully realize I was dumb to do that.  

It was taken, watermark cropped out, and found its way to virtually every desktop wallpaper site out there.  Since then, it has traveled around the globe.  Who knows how many millions of times my front yard has been viewed by people all over the world.  At this point, there’s no stopping it.  I jokingly say it now belongs to the internet.  Really the only instances in which I’ll get involved are when photographers claim it as their own.  It happens.  Just this year (2018) I had to call out a photographer who was doing just that.  

Occasionally, I’ll have people contact me asking permission to use the image.  They did their due diligence to find the source, and for those amazing people I’ve happily granted permission (in most all cases I believe).  If you’d like permission to use my image, feel free to reach out.  I’m a nice guy and will probably let you use it.  I mean hey, the rest of the internet already does.  


Every year I say to myself that I’m going to get out there and get some shots of all the beautiful fall colors, but then I drag my feet and the leaves are gone before I know it. So, this morning when I saw the sun gloriously shining down in my front yard I knew I had to get my camera.

This is a challenge to all you photographers out there! Leave a comment with a link to your best fall color image. Let’s also make it a requirement that it must have been shot this year. Let’s see those fall colors!

**edit** If you’d like you can also post a link to download a high res version of your image so people can use them as their desktop background. Make sure to watermark your image for copyright protection. You can get my high resolution image HERE.

Trip to Chicago for JD and Evie’s wedding!

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I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Chicago for Evie and JD’s wedding. I wanted to share a few images from the city as well as a few from the wedding that caught my eye. Special thanks to Kurt for coming along with me to second shoot.

Chicago is such a beautiful city. I don’t think I’d want to be there in the winter, but the spring sure was nice. Here is a view of the river with the train passing by and all the amazing buildings.

the city seal…

Kurt and I of course had to go to the top of the Sears tower….

Kurt under one of the train lines.

Factoid: Chicago is the only city in North America in which 6 Class 1 railroads meet.

Lastly, a shot of my good friend Jake who was in town for the wedding in front of none other than Gino’s East. This was my first time having Chicago deep dish pizza and it was fantabulous.


This first shot is of Evie’s locket she wore the day of the wedding. Inside is a picture of her Dad who passed away a few years back. Evie’s aunt is holding it open so I can get the shot.

some of Evie’s creativeness…notice JD’s wooden ring!

Evie with her brother just as the doors to the chapel were opening…

lastly, a shot of Evie and JD just after being pronounced husband and wife! I’m not sure they could look any happier. These shots are often some of my favorite.

Habitat for Humanity :: Build 2008

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My church is part of a coalition that builds a Habitat for Humanity house every year for a local family in need. I’m proud to be a part of it. If you’ve ever thought of helping out on one of these builds you really should. There are many many areas in which to serve. And no, you don’t need to be an expert carpenter to do it! If you can hammer a nail in, you’re set. Even if manual labor just isn’t your gig, you can always help with things like hospitality (bringing water and food to the workers), or fund raising.

So, this is your encouragement….get out and serve! A few shots from earlier today….

This is Julian standing in front of our progess thus far. I go to him every time I have no clue what I’m doing and he sets me straight.

Michael, our site coordinator. He was looking over the plans and got caught off guard by me shoving a camera in his face. 🙂


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Thought I’d share a set of images I shot just off the Square in Marietta. Simply click the image below. You’ll need QuickTime to view this…..

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Enjoy God’s creation today.

Dan and Anne

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So this past memorial day, Bethany and I got together with our really good friends Dan and Anne Almasy. We grilled out and then had a photo-swap! Dan and Anne are both amazing photographers. I am a huge fan of their work.

Its such a blessing to have such great friends who are also photographers! They have imparted much wisdom to me concerning the photography biz and specifically wedding photography. You can check out their stellar work here and also see some shots they did of Bethany and I on their blog here.

Now the images…

love this…

Dan and I ripped the viewfinder off one of my old polaroid cameras and did some “through the lens” aka TTL shots. This is the result… Pretty cool huh?

Here is a shot of Anne. For you photographers out there…no, I didn’t do anything to Anne’s eyes. They really are that brilliant!

The following images are from what Bethany and Anne coined as a “friend shoot.” They have become really good friends over the past year or so. FACT: They are wearing each other’s jeans. 🙂

yeah…i know…

Dan and Anne…love you two!